Springtime brings warmer temperatures and the rebirth of nature. The season entices many to enjoy outdoor activities. After being indoors during the winter, older adults welcome the chance to get out in the sun and join in a variety of fun pastimes.
1. Nature Walks
During spring, green grass flourishes, trees sprout buds and leaves, and various plants come into full bloom. Native wildlife welcomes new family members. The events taking place during the season make for an invigorating time to go outdoors and experience nature. Seniors may enjoy taking nature walks through local parks or reserves. Leisurely walks are a good overall exercise for seniors. Viewing the rebirth of nature also provides sensory stimulation.
If you usually accompany your loved one on walks but need a break now and then, consider having a professional caregiver take over for you. Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Castle Rock families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.
Seniors who are able to ride a bike have another opportunity to get out in the fresh air and sunshine. Cycling strengthens the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems and enhances balance and coordination, which prevents falls. Riding a bike regularly helps older adults maintain a healthy weight and enhance lung function. Exercise is also a wonderful way to alleviate stress. Physical activity diminishes the levels of cortisol (commonly known as the “stress hormone”) while increasing levels of dopamine and endorphins, chemical compounds known to elevate mood and naturally reduce physical discomfort.
Although some elderly people have mobility challenges that make them unable to ride a bike, they can still get out of the house, socialize, and enjoy the outdoors with the help of a professional caregiver. Castle Rock senior care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.
Many communities take advantage of the pleasant weather by hosting charitable events called walkathons. Registrants gain sponsors to raise funds and then complete a walk along a designated path. You, your children, and your elderly loved one can form a team and raise money together. Walking outdoors alleviates the winter blues while providing the chance to get some low-intensity exercise. Even seniors who use wheelchairs can enjoy being a part of the effort.
Spring is the time to clear the gardening spot and plant seeds or bedding plants. Gardening provides older adults with low-impact exercise as they bend and stretch while pulling weeds and planting bulbs and seeds. Seniors who are unable to lower themselves to the ground may benefit from the installation of elevated garden beds. As the plants grow and thrive under tender loving care, seniors gain a sense of achievement.
5. Family Outings
Choose a weekend with a pleasant weather forecast and consider having a family picnic at the park. Encourage your loved one to help with preparing the foods for the event. Having the chance to spend time with family and friends satisfies an older adult’s social needs and stimulates memory.
6. Farmers Markets
Farmers often set up roadside stands to display and sell fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, and other homemade items. Some communities have large farmers markets. Strolling through the market provides sensory stimulation while encouraging a bit of exercise. The sights and smells may also stimulate memory.
Enjoying outdoor activities helps seniors boost their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, but some may need a bit of assistance getting out and about. Living alone at home in the golden years can present a few unique challenges. Trust Castle Rock at-home care professionals to help your senior loved one maintain a higher quality of life while he or she manages an illness and performs the daily tasks of living. For compassionate, reliable in-home care, trust the experienced professionals from Home Care Assistance. Reach out to one of our dedicated Care Managers today at 720-580-5378 to learn about the high quality of our in-home care services.